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Vandalism reported at Watson Fields

ROCHESTER -- Fire destroyed a vending machine and charred a building and portable outhouses Sunday at the Roy Watson Soccer Fields in northwest Rochester.

Police and firefighters were called to the facility at 1000 Essex Parkway N.W., about 9 p.m. Sunday after some children flagged down a police officer on patrol.

Police Capt. Jim Pittenger said officers found the pop vending machine burned, the recreation building charred and three portable toilets scorched. Damage is estimated at $3,000.

The fire has been ruled an arson.

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